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Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens

B&H # NI6028GED MFR # 2177 Imported
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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 32
  • 1:1 Magnification Ratio; Macro Close-Ups
  • One ED Glass and Two Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.3"
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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The AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens provides an exceptional range of applications and high-quality performance. Compact and versatile, this lens is perfect for close-up, copy and general photography with a 1:1 reproduction ratio for life-size macro photography and a 7.3" minimum focus distance. At just longer than a standard focal length, the lens is also useful for portraiture and short telephoto applications. When used on a DX-format DSLR, its 35mm focal length equivalence corresponds to a 90mm lens. The f/2.8 maximum aperture is effective for low-light imaging and provides shallow depth of field control.

With an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element and aspherical elements, chromatic and spherical aberrations are controlled for superior optical performance. Nano Crystal and Super Integrated lens coatings improve light transmission and reduce ghosting and flare. The Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and Internal Focusing (IF) system afford fast and quiet focusing action and the M/A mode switch with manual focus override enables fast access to critical focus, The nine-blade rounded diaphragm makes out-of-focus elements blend smoothly to produce natural-looking, harmonious backgrounds.

Macro Capability
The 1:1 reproduction ratio enables life-size macro imaging as close as 7.3".
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor enables quiet automatic focusing with quick and convenient switching between autofocus and manual operation.
Internal Focusing
Internal Focusing design for fixed lens length and non-rotating front element allows the use of circular polarizing filters and lens-mounted flash accessories.
ED Glass
The ED glass element minimizes chromatic aberration across the entire zoom range while ensuring high resolution and contrast.
Super Integrated Coating
Super Integrated Coating delivers superior color performance, while substantially reducing ghosting and flare.
Nano Crystal Coating
The Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal reflections across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image integrity.
Rounded Diaphragm
9-blade rounded diaphragm makes out-of-focus elements blend together smoothly for natural-looking backgrounds.
Compact Design
At just 3.5" long and 15 ounces, this is a compact and versatile macro telephoto prime lens.
Performance
Focal Length 60mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 90 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 39° 40'
DX Picture Angle: 26° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance 7.28" (18.49 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 12/9
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.9 x 3.5" (7.37 x 8.89 cm)
Weight 15 oz (425 g)

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NikonAF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens
 
4.8

(based on 281 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (223)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (222)
  • Consistent output (156)
  • Easily interchangeable (128)
  • Lightweight (122)
  • Durable (108)

Cons

  • Slow focus (17)
  • Heavy (13)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Tough to attach (4)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (177)
  • Low light (49)
  • Landscape/scenery (40)
  • Weddings (35)
  • Wildlife photos (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (90), Semi-pro photographer (51), Pro photographer (41), Enthusiast (24), Casual photographer (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (164), Yes (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An excellent lens

I bought the lens for slide copying with a Nikon D800, for which itworks well. I attach pictures of the apparatus. The light is a standard,clip-mount, reflector light one sees everywhere. ...Read complete review

I bought the lens for slide copying with a Nikon D800, for which itworks well. I attach pictures of the apparatus. The light is a standard,clip-mount, reflector light one sees everywhere. The bulb is a 13WGlobe CFL. The slide carriers are VuPoint (B&H VUNST35) the diffuseris 3046 Cinegan Velvet Frost (B&H RO3046S) the tripod head is an oldBogen I had on hand. The hardest part was getting a good lightsource. I tried a flash, an LED Video light, a Testrite Reflector(B&H TER10), etc. The simple clip-mount, reflector light worked thebest. Also, a report cover works nearly as well as the CineganVelvet Frost but there is a difference in amount of light transmitted and grain showing through the slide.The big surprise is that this is an excellent lens overall,especially for portraits. The resolution is excellent and it required zero auto focus correction. At wide apertures, it beautifully isolates subjects with narrow depth of field. The finer points of this lens are discussed by Ming Thein in a post dated February 1, 2013. I agree with everything he says about it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beautiful optics but bad move on the

A macro lens without a manual aperture ring sure disables the ability to use some of the traditional macro gear like bellows. I still cannot believe that Nikon would design a lens targeted at...Read complete review

A macro lens without a manual aperture ring sure disables the ability to use some of the traditional macro gear like bellows. I still cannot believe that Nikon would design a lens targeted at macro photography without working in an aperture ring. Still, this lens gets plenty close without further extension... maybe too close for many subjects. I so prefer to have the aperture be from the ring when I'm working in tight situations. But oh well.

But aside from the "G," 60mm is a little wide for bugs, and might yield too much perspective distortion on some objects when you attempt to fill the frame at close range. The 105mm VR and the 3rd party macro offerings up to 150mm by Sigma might be worth considering.

It's not built like a tank... nor is it built like a flower. But with its light weight, it feels like a reasonable construction design and adds little weight.

As far as using it as a portrait lens, well, again the optics are great for it; however, if you're doing really close-in work rather than traditional portraits, well, I'd still prefer my 50mm f/1.2 AIS or the 50 f/1.4 just for the shallow DOF.

The front element is not very much recessed compared to other true macro lenses ... so do be careful around pollen-bearing objects and other things that might soil or damage your glass. If you put a filter on this thing, remove it for macros... and use a high-end filter like a B+W for the rest of the time. Don't spoil the great optics with inferior glass.

Focus is absolutely fast.

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5.0

Love this lens

By Green Apple Photography

from Louisville, KY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

      Great lens! Quick release. Perfect for portrait photography

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      5.0

      Great lens.

      By Nat

      from Redwood City, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

        Very sharp lens, just have to watch you depth of field.

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        5.0

        Love the quality love the focal length

        By Bob

        from Maine

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

          I consider this a on the camera macro lens. For bellows work I use a lens with a aperture ring. I use this lens for food and product photography a good compliment to the nikon 105 macro. This is a good lens for focus stacking in the studio and on location. Great walk around lens focus is fast and right on the money. Boken is outstanding.Excellent people lens.

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          4.0

          FOCUS ISSUES

          By Buttercup

          from Fort Collins, CO

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

            I am a huge fan of Nikon equipment. I recently purchased this lens from B&H Photo. When I received the first lens, it wouldn't focus. Nothing I did would get it to work. I tried autofocus and manual focus. But the lens would never move off of the infinity setting. On autofocus, I could hear the motor inside the lens working, but the focal point never changed.

            I returned the lens to B&H and received a replacement in approximately a week. B&H's customer service is superb! When I first mounted the lens on the camera, I took a shot from approximately 10' from the subject. I then focused as close as it would focus (just under 2"). Once again, the autofocus worked flawlessly. But when I attempted to take a second shot from 10' away, the lens would not focus. I could manually focus, but the autofocus would not engage. Upon researching the issue online, I discovered that the Nikon D300 and D3 have this problem. When you try to engage the autofocus and the focus is way off, the lens won't even attempt to focus. If you manually adjust the focus so it's close, the autofocus will engage. Apparently, it's a problem with the D800E (my camera) as well. I had to dismount the lens and remount it to get it to reset and start working again. Since then, I've tried to get it to reproduce the same problem, but I've been unsuccessful. Now it is working flawlessly. For that reason, I'll give the lens 4 stars. I may end up changing this review. Otherwise, the focus is dead on. The bukeh is beautiful with this camera which is good when doing closeups.

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            5.0

            Great lens!!!

            By Yaaqov Levi

            from Glendale

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                I use this lens for product photography and fashion.
                Very great optics!
                The lens gives all you need in terms of sharpness,,clarity, bokeh and so on....

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                5.0

                Awesome

                By Fotofix

                from Long Island City

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                Sharp as a tack.

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                5.0

                great deal!

                By lindsay

                from indiana

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                Awesome macro for the price!!

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                5.0

                Sharp and crisp picture

                By Amiel

                from Rancho Cucamonga

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                Awesome lens, light, fast and most of all sharp pictures can't believe this lens will do those.

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                5.0

                Great lens for the price

                By Terry

                from Argyle, Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                  I went with the Nikon 60mm based on a lot of good reviews. Picture quality is "tack sharp". Macro work with the 60mm is a pleasure. It is right sized, and I'm using this lens for more for general purpose work vs. my 50mm. The 60mm is only about 1/2 inch longer then the 50, and lets you have macro capability if you want.

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                  5.0

                  Great addition to my kit!

                  By Bandman

                  from Iowa

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                        Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                        I recently added this lens to my kit and it's a wonderful addition. It's rock solid and very easy to use, the crispness is amazing. Typical Nikkor quality.

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                        5.0

                        Phenomenal glass

                        By G

                        from Chicago, IL

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                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                          What a treat using it with my old D90 work horse.Crystal clear pictures OOTC with excellent colors rendition, focuses instantly and on spot 100% of the time (even in barely lit situations), can focus as close as about 2 inches from your front lens element.Excellent for portraits on DX.Would have loved a VR as it's sometimes hard to keep the camera steady being hand held in front of a tiny subject 3 inches away. But that's a bonus to an already flawless lens.Just get one. It's on my camera 80% of the time now...

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                          4.0

                          great macro lens

                          By IC

                          from Virginia

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                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                              great for macro and close shots, very happy with purchase, using on D5300

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                              3.0

                              mixed feelings

                              By dz

                              from CA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                                    Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                                    I bought this lens for product work, especially jewelry, because of the macro function. It just isn't as reliably sharp as I would like. This may sound naive (my first macro lens), but to get any depth of field I must use a very small aperture, which doesn't work that well with my natural light shooting. I find myself going back to my other lenses for the product work, using a wide aperture to give me the look I like, and cropping to compensate for my lack of macro. I am using this lens for art shots, though, and loving it for that.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent macro, portrait, slide copy

                                    By Munchmeister

                                    from Fort Collins, CO

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Astrophotography
                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Night Photography

                                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                                      I use this for macro photography where it excels for its price range, and for portraits where it is excellent on my D90 DX, giving a 90mm (in 35mm) short telephoto. It has a flat field, allowing it to be used to copy slides and other graphic material, including paintings. I often recommend it to my oil and water color painter friends as an ideal lens for taking photos of their artworks, due to its ability to move in close, for small paintings and plein air sketches, and the flat field does not distort the painting at the edges. I've even found it useful for night and astrophotography.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Lens

                                      By Low Key Photo

                                      from Orange Park, Fl

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                      • Very well built

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Macro Photography

                                        Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                                        I bought this for use on my Nikon D7100 and so far I have been very pleased with this lens. Sharp, clear pictures and able to really get up close for incredible detail

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                                        5.0

                                        superb lens

                                        By Bud W

                                        from Conway, AR

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easily Interchangeable
                                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Macro Photography

                                          Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                                          this lens is excellent for getting those close up shots with great detail.

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                                          5.0

                                          Terrific Sharp Photos For Close Up

                                          By Crissy Penguin

                                          from Danville Ca

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easily Interchangeable
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Macro Photography
                                            • Weddings/Events
                                            • Wildlife Photos

                                            Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                                            I love this lens and it's amazing detail. Great for taking product photos as in my image sample. get up close and personal with people and products. I do recommend this to anyone !

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                                            5.0

                                            Better than I expected

                                            By Lee

                                            from Denver

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easily Interchangeable
                                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Macro Photography
                                              • Wildlife Photos

                                              Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                                              Used for lots of close up, especially underwater

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                                              5.0

                                              Nikkor never a Question

                                              By The Pixel Hoarder

                                              from San Clemente, CA

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Nice Bokeh

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Macro Photography
                                                • Underwater macro

                                                Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                                                I took this lens with me to Belize to shoot underwater Marco. Even though I was only able to shoot macro on one dive, the lens is flawless.

                                                This lens was tack sharp. Very smooth and fast focusing.

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                                                5.0

                                                Nikkor 60mm beats out closeup filter

                                                By Adrian the Artist

                                                from Toronto

                                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                                Pros

                                                • Consistent Output
                                                • Durable
                                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                                • Lightweight
                                                • Nice Bokeh
                                                • Rugged
                                                • Strong Construction

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Macro Photography
                                                  • Weddings/Events

                                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                                                  I just bought the closeup ring Canon 500D to use with my Nikon 24-70mm and it did a fine job. However I also own the Nikkor 60mm f2.8 and it can get in closer at true 1:1. I also noticed the edge to edge sharpness was easier to achieve the this lens over the closeup ring. Both however were sharp (so choose to your budget, just thought I would share useful info). So I decided to keep both anyway. The closeup ring is good for a lighter bag to take for one less lens to bring at times. This 60mm macro works well on my Nikon D300s and quick to take images (cropped sensor that is still 12MP with this lens in DX) and works on my D700 FX also. For almost half the price of 105mm lens, this 60mm works for me. Liked both products. Both easy to use, just practice to keep steady and see when image is in focus without moving your body much. Adjust your aperature, for the depth of field you want, as at this close a distance to subject, it is very shallow depth of field, unless you increase your aperature more, for the effect you want. Lens can double as a portrait lens, however I also have the 85mm f1.8 for that.

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